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Andy Samberg and Kit Harington to Star as Rivals in a Tennis Mockumentary for HBO

Andy Samberg is about to play a tennis bad boy in an original HBO movie. According to Deadline, HBO is currently assembling the cast for 7 Days in Hell, a tennis-centric mockumentary written by Girls and American Dad! writer Murray Miller based on a concept by Miller and Samberg, who will star opposite Game of Thrones' Kit Harington. The mockumentary will tell the tale of rivaling tennis players during their legendary seven-day match at Wimbledon, with Samberg as "tennis' superstar bad boy" Aaron Williams and Harington as Charles Poole, "a tennis prodigy and certified truck driver." Rounding out the cast will be Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte [...]

Netflix Is Using Chelsea Handler to Reinvent the Way We Watch Late Night Shows

Last month it was announced that Chelsea Handler had signed on to star in a new talk show for Netflix. Right now, all we know about Handler's show is that it's slated to premiere in October 2016 and will be the first series to be released at a specific time block on the streaming service. According to Business Insider, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently addressed the company's intentions with Handler's show, which will be heavily influenced by the changing ways people watch late night shows today:

"People are not watching scripted programming the way they used to. They're also not watching these late-night talk shows [...]

Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Will Remain at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater

Stephen Colbert is staying in New York. According to an announcement by CBS's Les Moonves and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Colbert will host Late Show from David Letterman's current spot at the Ed Sullivan Theater when he takes over sometime next year. No official date for Letterman's departure or Colbert's takeover has been announced, but Bill Carter at The New York Times writes that "there will need to be a hiatus between the two — most likely for several months — as Mr. Colbert installs a new set to the theater and his staff moves in to old Letterman offices. The most likely plan is a [...]

Maude Apatow to Make Her Television Debut on HBO's 'Girls'

Maude Apatow is set to make her TV comedy debut. TVLine reports that Maude will appear in the next season of Lena Dunham's hit HBO series Girls, which her dad Judd Apatow executive produces. Few details about Maude's character have been released, but she'll reportedly play a girl named Cleo "who could potentially appear in several episodes." Maude has shown up in her father's films Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, but Girls will make her first time on the small screen. Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, and Natasha Lyonne are also set to show up next season, which is slated to premiere early [...]

'Community's Ken Jeong to Play Himself in MTV Comedy Pilot

Community favorite Ken Jeong is about to star in his own show. THR reports that Jeong has been cast in an in-the-works coming-of-age comedy pilot for MTV now titled Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. Jeong will play himself in the show, which centers on a 22-year-old named Andy, "who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong's fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up." The project — co-written and produced by Arrested Development's Andy St. Clair and Paul O'Toole — will thankfully not get in the way of Jeong's return to Community on Yahoo Screen [...]

Ricky Gervais Tells Seth Meyers Why He's Angry with "Big Sweaty Slob" Louis C.K.

Here's a clip from Ricky Gervais's interview on last night's Late Night, in which he and Meyers talk about the differences between US and UK awards shows. This leads to Gervais realizing mid-interview that he's unhappy with "that big sweaty slob" Louis C.K. for never giving him the thank you he deserves.

Watch Conan's Incredibly Violent Scene from 'Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda'

While Conan recently announced that he'd be "starring" in the upcoming Syfy movie Sharktopus VS. Pteracuda, it looks like this ridiculous and insanely violent scene is the only one he's actually in. Which is probably for the best — I'm not sure anyone could take a full 90 minutes of that character. I'm sure all of the other characters are more fleshed out and well rounded. We'll find out when it airs on Syfy at 9pm on August 2nd.

Hank Azaria to Voice Lead Role in Seth MacFarlane's New Fox Show 'Bordertown'

Last year it was announced that Seth MacFarlane was creating yet another animated Fox series called Bordertown, and it's now signed on a Simpsons favorite to lead the voice cast. Deadline reports that Hank Azaria — the voice behind Simpsons characters like Moe Szyslak, Apu, and Chief Wiggum — has signed on to voice the lead role in the series as Bud Buckwald, "a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood." Nicholas Gonzalez, Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Efron Ramirez, and 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander are also [...]

Jon Stewart Announces He Wants to Buy CNN Through Kickstarter

During last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart covered the news that Rupert Murdoch apparently wants to buy Time Warner, though CNN would have to be sold off due to the media mogul's ties to Fox News. Stewart jumped on the opportunity by announcing his $10 billion "Let's Buy CNN" Kickstarter campaign complete with a fake website full of prizes. If you've ever dreamed of being featured in a "CNN 21 box," you can now make that a reality for a mere ten dollars.

The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

“I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do that, and church does that, and comedy shows do that, and I always wanted to make an environment where that happens.”

Every Wednesday night, it happens in an unlikely place: the dim, unfinished back room of a comic book shop on Sunset Boulevard. 

Just a few blocks east of Los Angeles’ biggest comedy clubs, the NerdMelt Showroom is home to one of [...]

Harnessing Absurdity to Help Others with Kurt Braunohler

You can catch Kurt Braunohler’s new episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 25, but he’s been focused on a lot more than just standup lately. In June, the comedian jet skied the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans as part of his Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000 to provide 500 goats and 1000 chickens to African families in need. The quest is documented in his Comedy Central web series Roustabout, coming out this fall.

On top of that, Kurt is starring in the upcoming film B Roll, has plans to release a compilation album from his standup/variety show Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal, and continues [...]

Preview Next Week's Dumb Starbucks Episode of 'Nathan for You'

After much anticipation, Nathan Fielder's epic Dumb Starbucks prank from earlier this year will finally be featured in next week's Nathan for You, and Comedy Central just released the above sneak peek. It turns out that Dumb Starbucks wasn't a prank at all but an "artistic experience."

Talking to Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray About 'The Meltdown'

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres on Comedy Central tonight as an eight-episode, half-hour standup showcase based on the very popular weekly alt show hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray in Meltdown Comics’ NerdMelt Theater and produced by Emily Gordon. The show will feature a range of comedians many of whom have appeared on the live show in the four years it’s been a part of the Los Angeles comedy scene including Marc Maron, Jim Gaffigan, Adam Scott, Maria Bamford, and Moshe Kasher.

I caught up with Nanjiani and Ray and talked with them about translating their show to TV, working with director Lance Bangs, and making [...]

FXX Has Made a Darkly Prophetic Teaser for the 12-Day 'Simpsons' Marathon

The Simpsons is getting an awesome digital app, live event, and multiple crossover episodes in the coming months, but first up is FXX's 12-day Simpsons marathon starting on August 21st. The network released the above teaser for the marathon today that does a solid job of imagining a world where constant Simpsons viewing rightfully destroys civilization as we know it.